Edinburgh Zoo's Christmas Nights have now ended for the season. Keep an eye on our website for more exciting events coming soon.

Make your evenings merry and bright this festive season with a magical journey through Edinburgh Zoo! A spectacular light trail will take you on a journey to discover the magic of Christmas spirit and Santa’s time at the zoo. 

From Friday 19 November until Tuesday 28 December, you can glow around the route with projections, twinkling fairy lights and much more. 

Designed for limited visitor numbers with a wide range of safety measures in place, Edinburgh Zoo’s Christmas Nights are sure to light up your winter.

Entry slots are available every 15 minutes from 4.45pm with the last available entry time at 7.30pm for a 9pm finish. Please book online in advance to secure your preferred date and time. 

Please note, 10 December is an adult only evening.

Entry to the trail is via our admissions building. 

2021 Trail Map


Adult: £18

Child: £12

Member Adult: £14.50

Member Child: £9.50

Carer & U3: Free 

Santa’s Grotto

As part of Edinburgh Zoo's Christmas Nights, you will have the opportunity to book to visit Santa in his festive Grotto. Each group will have five-minute slots to meet Father Christmas, hear about his tales from the North Pole and receive an early festive surprise!

Our festive grotto is on the Edinburgh Zoo’s Christmas Nights trail, located adjacent to our main lawn. Please allow 20 minutes from your entry time to make your booked slot.

Please note this is an add-on to your tickets for Edinburgh Zoo's Christmas Nights, you must purchase tickets for the evening event along with your tickets to Santa's Grotto. Each ticket purchased for Santa’s Grotto is per child. Adults are not required to book a ticket, however, we ask there are no more than two adults per party.

To help keep everyone as safe as possible, Santa will be socially distanced. A photo opportunity is still allowed, just from a distance!

Please arrive at Santa's Grotto no more than five minutes before your chosen time slot. As this will be hosted in an indoor area, face coverings will be required in line with current Scottish Government guidance.  

The Grotto is available to book on event evenings from 19 November – 24 December. Friday 10 December is an adults only night and as such our Grotto will not be running.

Book your Santa's Grotto tickets


Christmas VIP experience 

This fabulous VIP package include entry into Edinburgh Zoo for the day, supper at Grasslands restaurant and a head start on your voyage around our Christmas Nights light trail! 

After a day at the zoo, you can enjoy an early two course supper at 3.45pm and afterwards be one of the first to head back into the park to see Edinburgh Zoo transformed into a magical festive light trail!

View our adult and child VIP food options.

Book VIP tickets

Book VIP Adults Only tickets

Safety Measures - Covid-19  

We want visitors to enjoy themselves at the zoo this winter which means safety comes first, and it is important everyone follows the government guidance to protect themselves and others.  

There are a wide range of safety measures in place to protect you, our staff, and our animals. We have reduced the capacity of each time slot, created one-way routes, added hand-sanitising stations and will be asking everyone to wear face coverings in indoor areas. 




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Edinburgh Zoo's Christmas Nights have now ended for the season. Watch this space for more exciting events coming in 2022!

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